Cimlogic provides WaterWipes with real-time data solutions
In an announcement made by WaterWipes, the company reports its partnership with Cimlogic to improve its overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) at its Republic of Ireland manufacturing facility.
Cimlogic - a MES specialist - will provide WaterWipes with real-time data collection capabilities as part of the partnership to improve the company’s performance management and quality compliance.
The solution that will be implemented by the company will remove the current internal islands of processes for WaterWipes, providing the company with the ability to drive a continuous improvement culture in its organisation, as well as a single source of data to uncover performance losses and improve its OEE metrics.
In addition WaterWipes will benefit from the OEE solutions error code mapping capabilities to define equipment failures and root cause analysis, as well as generating automatic, meaningful data for real-time actionable improvements.
WaterWipes also stated that by implementing the new solution, the technology will help the company to address their challenges and achieve their OEE targets in line with their ambitious growth plans.
“The main objective of the project is to improve production efficiency. The investment is intended to provide information about production line performance, constructed in a manner to directly indicate the potential solutions required to improve efficiency. The integrated OEE system will provide consistently accurate machine loss information, which saves time for operators (replacing manual entry) and allows engineers to quickly evaluate improvements due to data accuracy,” commented Bernard Longmore, VP Engineering at WaterWipes.
“Cimlogic is delighted to be working with WaterWipes in providing an integrated OEE and quality solution to further improve and digitise their modern production facility. The company invests heavily in the latest technology and processes to ensure that their customers receive the best quality products, and Cimlogic is very pleased to support their goals and digital journey,” concluded Oliver Stone, Head of Operational Excellence at Cimlogic.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.